At that point in time Mary Warren and John Proctor both tried to prove Abigail Williams and the other girls of faking it until, act 4 when she backstabbed John Proctor and made her own claim that John Proctor was satan.”You’re the devil’s man.” (Miller 110). Mary knows what Abigail was always a threat and being on her side was an advantage, John Proctor was foolish for thinking Mary would keep her word and tell on the girls. He out of all people should know how powerful Abigail
Elizabeth thinks that Abigail wants to kill her for John because Abigail wants to take her place as his wife. Elizabeth’s loyalty and sympathy are portrayed when she attempts to save her husband’s reputation by lying about his affair. She also proves her loyalty to Proctor, telling a lie to try and protect him although this sadly makes things worse for him. She was determined in what she believed. Elizabeth stated this about witchcraft to Hale “ I cannot think the Devil may own a women’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have.
After Abigail made the claim that Elizabeth’s spirit stabbed her in the stomach with a needle, Ezekiel Cheever went to Elizabeth’s house and found a needle stuck in the stomach of a doll (Miller 1306). However, Mary Warren provided a deposition to the court that admitted Abigail had witnessed Mary sew the doll and stick the needle in the stomach for “safe-keeping” (Miller 1327). Abigail knew Mary Warren would take the doll to the Proctor’s home that night. As a result, Abigail saw this as the perfect opportunity to stab herself in the stomach and blame it on an innocent woman. Furthermore, Abigail lacks any evidence, other than her word, to prove Elizabeth’s spirit stabbed her.
Elizabeth is loving and honest women. She values her marriage and her sons. Elizabeth tells John that he should leave Abigail alone and never talk to her again. She advises John “You'll tear it free—when you come to know that I will be your only wife, or no wife at all! She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor, and you know it well!” Her husband was arrested for having an affair with Abigail but she thought lieing was the best option, she went from an honest women to a lying women.
Soon a mere accusation from her becomes enough reason to convict even important, influential people. Abigail uses the witch hysteria that consumes Salem to secure herself from accusation, and gain control of the trials by accusing respectable people, before moving on to Elizabeth, and then in her desperation, she manipulates Mary Warren into eventually accusing John. “Abby' s lust threatens Proctor in many ways: she tempts him to sinning adultery in the first place;
(...) Elizabeth I have confessed it! Elizabeth: Oh, God (...) Proctor: She only thought to save my name” (miller 113) In the scene Danforth asks Elizabeth is john had ever committed adultery. Elizabeth lied to the court that John was not a lecher, when she clearly knew he was a lecher. This lie was Elizabeth’s first lie and it was to save her husband's name. She said it “faintly” as if she felt bad for] but still said it to save her husband.
Murrow: Even though Goody Proctor denied that her husband committed lechery with Abigail. Abigail refused to confirm it nor deny it. This brings up the question of why didn’t she want to answer the question? She could have simply denied that she never met up with John Proctor and all would have been fine for her, yet she withstood. Abigail initially stated that she wanted to be embraced by the light of God and the Love of Jesus yet that diary found in her room exists, along with Mary Warren contradicting Abigail and her refusal to deny John Proctor's confession; and all for what?
What is the essential action of what the character is doing in the scene The essential action of denying the accusation is to show honesty. She knows that Abigail is lying and wants to bring the truth to light. She also knows that if found to be a witch in Salem, she will be hanged. She wants to prevent this. The essential action of trying to convince people in the scene that she is telling the truth is to show the people in the scene that Abigail is a liar and reduce her chances of getting in trouble The essential action of kneeling down and begging mister Hale not to hang her is that Tituba wants to save her life.
Abigail not only tries to make a charm to kill Goody Proctor, but when this attempt on her life fails, she convinces the Salem court that Elizabeth is a witch. She first accuses Elizabeth, but then sees that an accusation will not be enough. In order to prove Elizabeth’s witchery, Abigail notices Mary Warren making a poppet, strategically places a needle in it. She concludes that it will end up in the Proctor home and serve as evidence of Elizabeth practicing witchcraft on Abigail. Finally, to give reason for the court to search the Proctor home, stabs herself with a needle to assert the poppet’s voodoo doll
Then the judges told Elizabeth to come out and admit that her husband John Proctor had indeed committed adultery with Abigail. Because Elizabeth had no talk with John because they had been separated she lied. Elizabeth proclaimed that John was a holy man and had never committed adultery but little did she know that John was hoping that she would tell the truth. She didn't want to tell the truth about John and shame his name due to him having did what he had did. In Conclusion to the Crucible throughout the story the characters that have been named have all attempted to survive in the story some of it may have been by deceit but they all wanted to keep their name clean.